Memorial for E. Arden Hamman Jr. ’47
E. Arden Hamman Jr., 91, of Boca Raton, FL (formerly of Decatur), passed away in his sleep Sunday evening, September 21, 2014 in his room at the Atrium in Boca Raton, Florida. There will be a celebration of his life this Sunday October 12, 2014 from 3 to 5 pm at South Side Country Club. Memorials may be given to Trustbridge Hospice of Palm Beach and Broward County, FL.
Arden was born June 7, 1923 in Decatur, Illinois to E. A. and Esther (Kiick) Hamman and graduated from Decatur High School in 1941. He attended Millikin University where he played football and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He joined the Navy in 1944. While in the service, he served on an attack transport and participated in two of the fiercest amphibious invasions of the war, taking marines to shore at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Following the war Arden graduated from Millikin University with a degree in business administration. He married Patricia (Patty) Nuckolls and they raised two children, Kit and John. He worked many years in the moving and storage business owning and managing the Allied Van Lines agency, Hamman Brothers Moving and Storage. He also served as President of the Illinois Movers and Warehouseman Association. He later worked in real estate for Roby and Roby Realtors before becoming an independent real estate agent.
He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Decatur Lions Club, The Decatur Club, and South Side Country Club. He enjoyed many things including golf, cooking out, crossword puzzles, listening to big band and jazz music, being with friends and family, the telling of a good joke, and a friendly argument. Arden and Patty celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996. He moved to Boca Raton, FL to live near his daughter several years after Patty died in 2001.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Kit (Hamman) and Michael Bredahl of Boca Raton, FL; his son and daughter-in-law John and Ann (Kessler) Hamman of Carbondale, IL; two granddaughters Elizabeth Hamman of Athens, GA and Catherine Hamman of St. Petersburg, FL; three nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother Robert Ray Hamman, and his wife Patty.
Obituary written by family members.